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05-30-2012, 02:22 PM
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Originally Posted by heartsabres View Post
The thing about Jame love fest is, there are five players on the ice and all of Sekera´s states have nothing to do with the rest of the team, just Sekera.
Although this comment was mostly a shot a Jame, it has a nugget of truth. Many of the hockey metrics make arbitrary assumptions that don't make a lot of sense, and they are 3 to 4 levels derived further from that.

Such things work in baseball because the outcome a given play can be traced through the actions of each individual participant independently. The players directly involved in the play are credited or demerited appropriately based on what they did or didn't do, and nobody else on the field at the time is affected positively or negatively.

In hockey, a coverage mistake by a forward could (and often does) impact the base statistics of a defenseman, especially in the +/- category. When you're STARTING with a number that is flawed, deriving numbers FROM that flawed numbers tells you nothing. Think garbage in, garbage out, and that's what's really going on with a lot of these stats.

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